21st-century learning

The benefits of open educational resources

In a new guidebook, iNACOL President Susan Patrick and two cowriters provide educational leaders with strategies for collaborative content development and the benefits of OER, a framework for planning.

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13 free web tools students and teachers should know about

Web-based tools continue to proliferate, giving teachers more to add to their arsenal, but it can be hard to determine which resources are worth spending time exploring. Here are some for your consideration.

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CoSN Releases Horizon Report: 2013 K-12 Edition Toolkit

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) last week released The CoSN Horizon Report: 2013 K-12 Edition Toolkit at ISTE 2013 in San Antonio,
TX.

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How do we engage students in learning that matters?

Julie Wilson, founder and executive director of the Institute for the Future of Learning, writes in the Partnership for 21st Century Skills blog about engaging students in real-world, project-based learning.

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New technology poised to disrupt America’s schools, and then the world’s

In a small school on the South Side of Chicago, 40 children between the ages of five and six sit quietly learning in a classroom. In front of each of them is a computer running software called Reading Eggs. The director of North Kenwood-Oakland school says this sort of teaching, blending software with human intervention, helps her pupils learn faster.

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New technology is poised to disrupt America’s schools

In a small school on the South Side of Chicago, 40 children between the ages of five and six sit quietly learning in a classroom. In front of each of them is a computer running software called Reading Eggs. The director of North Kenwood-Oakland school says this sort of teaching, blending software with human intervention, helps her pupils learn faster.

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New Jersey tech specialists come together for professional development

At this year’s “Weathering the Storm with Optimism” conference of New Jersey school administrators, Paul Pineiro, assistant superintendent of curriculum, instruction, and program for the Westfield Public Schools presented an overview of the “Walls to Windows” initiative and discussed the professional development roles of the district's two master technology teachers.

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Unequal ed spending threatens U.S. global competitiveness

The U.S. education system is slipping behind other nations, and the widening achievement gap between rich and poor students is threatening the country's global competitiveness, according to a new report from the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Are school technology investments paying off?

While computers and internet access are common in the classroom, students are often using this technology for simple foundational exercises, rather than higher-order data analysis or statistics work that will help prepare them for the modern workforce. The bottom line: Schools are not getting a big enough bang for their education technology buck, according to a new report.

Study: 21st-century skills learned in school correlate to job success

A recent study sponsored by Microsoft and Pearson and conducted by Gallup confirms the positive connection between the development of 21st-century skills—such as critical thinking, real-world problem-solving, collaboration, and communication skills—and future job success. Yet more than half of those surveyed (59 percent) said they developed the skills they use at their current job outside of school.

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